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Meet The Research Society’s latest Qualified Professional Researchers – 2nd-3rd Quarter 2021 Graduates

Congratulations to The Research Society’s latest QPR accredited members Kristine Bui, Toni Cundy, Brianna Fjeldsoe, Dr Natalie Herd, Carolyn Loton, Penny Moylan, Chris Stods and Kyle Taylor.

The Professional benchmark: The Research Society Qualified Professional Researcher (QPR) is an accreditation available to all types of research and insights professionals. It is the continuous professional development (CPD) scheme for the research profession and the QPR mark demonstrates your research experience and formal qualifications. It also means that you have made a commitment to ongoing professional development to maintain your competitive advantage. click here to find out more.

Kristine Bui

Research & Insights Consultant – Newfocus Research

“Vietnamese born, Australian educated and residing, I have developed a specialisation in both the Asian and Australian markets across a wide range of research methodologies. Working with people from 16 different nationalities has enabled me to earn in-depth knowledge of working in a dynamic, proactive and multicultural environment. Over the span of 13 years in market research industry, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work on both the agency side and client side and learn the best of the both worlds. My passion is to embed the voice of consumers into business plans and help businesses make data-driven decisions. Gaining QPR accreditation is an excellent way to demonstrate my professional capabilities as well as enhance my commitment to continuously develop my skills/knowledge to deliver best practice research to clients.”

Toni Cundy

Senior Market Research Manager, YouthInsights

“Toni has 6 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative market and social research. Her passion lies in youth research and helping her clients understand youth culture and what it means to be a young person in today’s world. Toni wanted to achieve the QPR accreditation to further assure her clients of her research expertise, while also to recognise the professional development and other avocations she has been committed to (for example, she is part of The Research Society’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee).”

Brianna Fjeldsoe

Director, Enable Health Consulting

Brianna is the Director at Enable Health Consulting, a niche consultancy firm that specialises in developing and evaluating preventive health programs, policies, and services. Brianna has worked as a consultant, researcher and teacher in the field of public health for over 15 years. Most of her experience lies in understanding health-related behaviours at the population level and translating that understanding into effective, sustainable services and programs. Brianna’s projects often directly lead to health service improvements.

“Industry standards are important in the work that we do, as it gives reassurance to our clients that we are meeting and continuing to improve our professional conduct, ensuring quality services”.  

Dr Natalie Herd

Research Lead, The Social Deck

 “During the past 16 years, I have worked on a broad range of behaviour change and social research projects in Australia and the UK. In my current role at The Social Deck, I am fortunate to be able to use my skills in best practice survey design, data analysis, and behaviour change to engage communities to create positive social and environmental change.   

At The Social Deck, we often engage with vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. Being an accredited QPR, allows me to demonstrate to clients and participants that we practice the highest ethical standards and that I am committed to staying abreast of the latest developments in social and behaviour change research.”

Carolyn Loton

Director, Leapfrog Research and Director, Juntos Marketing

“I’ve always loved research and insights, I think because I find what makes people tick so interesting, and I also have a mind for maths and statistics. My career has primarily been in marketing and always with a strategic lens, so research is a natural fit. My original background is in applied science (Occupational Therapy) so I also appreciate the alignment between research and evidence-based approaches that come with a science background.

Having QPR accreditation is a really satisfying attainment from a personal perspective, as it is so well recognised and respected. From our clients’ perspective, working with researchers who have QPR accreditation gives them that extra level of confidence.  And I believe it is important to support The Research Society in all the important work it does, including ongoing professional development and promotion of quality across the profession.”

Penny Moylan

Senior Research Manager, ORIMA Research

“I’ve been in the research industry for over 12 years and am passionate about projects that make a positive difference for our community, and our clients.  I also love a challenge!

I accidently stumbled upon this industry, but am so grateful for all the opportunities it has afforded me – I truly love my job.  And I hope as I develop as a researcher I will have more opportunities to give back. For me, gaining my QPR is an important demonstration of my commitment to best practice research, to continuous development and to this industry.”

Chris Stods

Market Research and Data Manager, QS

“Having worked in market research for over five years, firstly in advocacy and public affairs and now in higher education, getting a QPR accreditation was a natural next step in my career. In an international role which requires collaboration with stakeholders from all over the world, a QPR accreditation is a valuable tool for conveying credibility and experience. It will also serve as a pathway for further professional development. With technological advancements rapidly changing the ways we conduct research, I’m particularly looking forward to accessing the training and professional development provided by TRS on the latest tools and methodologies, and how they can be incorporated into best-practice research.”

Kyle Taylor

Senior Consultant, Emerging Markets Consulting (EMC)

“I am a Senior Consultant at Emerging Markets Consulting, a boutique consultancy firm based in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.  As Senior Consultant, I provide research, analysis, and evidence-based advice to help public and private sector organizations tackle some of their most important business and policy challenges.
I use a broad range of econometric and data analytics in my work, including forecasting, scenario modelling, and statistical analysis using R, to help organizations make well-informed decisions about policies, programmes, and projects.
This experience has allowed me to work with leading think tanks and academic institutions, government departments, and in the United Nations system, including organizations such as the International Organization for Migration, World Bank Group, and World Food Programme.
Having the QPR accreditation gives reassurance to my clients that I have the knowledge, skills, and experience to use and analyse data appropriately, and that I have passed an independent, internationally recognizable assessment of my competence in a variety of research methods.  While fuelling client confidence, the QPR accreditation also allows me to stand out from the crowd in a increasingly competitive industry.”

More Info

For more information contact the QPR Manager: Julie Regan or call her 02 9566 3100.

Click here to download the QPR application form now or click here to find out more.